Grants to help groups that help residents

2017 Community Grants

Community groups across Hume are encouraged to consider whether a Hume City Council grant could assist their programs and activities.

Hume is set to run a series of information sessions for representatives of groups that may like to apply for a 2017 community grant.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said Council wanted to strengthen the organisations that helped to strengthen Hume.

“There are so many different types of groups which operate right across our municipality, whether they be sports clubs and senior citizen associations, or health centres and multicultural organisations,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“These community groups enable residents to pursue an interest and deepen friendships with others from their local neighbourhood.

“They help people to learn new skills, stay physically fit, be resilient, and connect socially.

“Hume City Council’s 2017 community grants are available to help local organisations cover the costs of activities, and can assist group leaders to purchase equipment, pay insurance fees and conduct feasibility studies.”

Organisations that are eligible for a community grant must be a not-for-profit entity which is situated in Hume, or one that conducts services which benefit Hume residents.

This year, Hume City Council made available 141 grants which total $352,430.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said many associations had thrived because of Council’s grants program.

“We’ve provided assistance to the Craigieburn Support & Exercise Group so it can run fitness and wellbeing programs for all people who live in Hume,” she said.

“Hume has made funds available to the Riding for the Disabled Oaklands Group, to help with the care and feed of horses that are used to provide riding experiences for students with a disability.

“A Council grant has gone towards the pilot of a theatre program run by Sunbury Community Health, which targets people with disabilities who have a flair for performance.

“Our 2016 community grants also assisted the Friends of Will Will Rook Pioneer Cemetery, an organisation that was now better able to conduct tours and explain the history behind people buried at the Broadmeadows site.

“These organisations help to make our community vibrant, and many of their activities would not be possible without some financial assistance.”

Representatives of local groups are welcome to attend an information session about the 2017 community grants on the following days:

• Tuesday 14 June 2016, from 6.30pm, at the Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn, 75-95 Central Park Avenue;
• Wednesday 15 June 2016, from 6.30pm, at the Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre, 20 Ligar Street; and
• Thursday 16 June 2016, from 6.30pm, at the Hume Global Learning Centre – Broadmeadows, 1093 Pascoe Vale Road.

People from community organisations will be able to submit their grant applications online between Wednesday 6 July 2016 at 9am and Wednesday 10 August 2016 at 4pm.

Hume City Council will hold sessions in mid-July for anyone who may require some help as they complete an application.

For further information about Hume City Council’s 2017 community grants program, visit www.hume.vic.gov.au/communitygrants

Posted on 12:00 AM, 9 June 2016


Updated : 6:05 PM, 14 June 2016

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